I’m talking about the Charlie Caftan from Closet Core Patterns which is a pattern that has been winking at me for ages.  I mean, don’t fall over guys, but I’m actually writing a blog post… and a pattern review at that! Perhaps this is the new me?!

I made this in June when I had a precious sewing day with my besties. It was our first post covid sewing day and it was heaven to have a full days sewing with my gang. We always make sure we are cut out and ready to stitch and then have a full day at the machines. All I had left to complete the next day was hemming the sleeves and skirt.

Charlie Caftan Closet Care Patterns: Review

Charlie Caftan Closet Care Patterns: Review

This pattern was a big tick from me. The instructions were clear and the construction was generally straightforward. The most challenging section was the front panel which did require lots of slowly reading the instructions aloud, but I was pleased enough with the result. It wasn’t 100% perfect but the patterned fabric hides this well.

This is definitely a dress to repeat in other fabrics, and the different versions (two short versions one with a pleated front and one with a gathered front). I used a floaty but stable cotton lawn but you could use all sorts of light to mid-weight wovens. I have seen a lovely version in double gauze, and would love a mini version in our washed linen.

Charlie Caftan Closet Core Patterns: Review

 

Charlie Caftan Closet Care Patterns: Review

Pattern: Closet Core Patterns Charlie Caftan
Version: View C: Maxi with gathered front and tie waist.
Fabric: Textured cotton lawn (now discontinued)
Size: I measure Bust 33.5”, Waist 30”, Hip 39”, Height 5’5”. I made the size 8.
Adjustments: No adjustments!
Notes on construction: The trickiest bit was the front panel which is constructed a bit like a welt pocket. This area required maximum concentration, but the rest was fairly straightforward.
Notes on future makes: I made two notes: Finish the side seams before sewing up. I have an overlocker so would have done it that way. And take extra care matching the pockets on the side seams.

Charlie Caftan Closet Care Patterns: Review